RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JAN 14, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled in 2005 (750ml).
Pours a hazy, very nice dark plum color, with a small head that fades away immediately. There’s a small ring that leaves behind a minimal lace. If it wasn’t for the color of this, it wouldn’t be that much to look at. On the second pour, which was a lot more aggressive, I was able to get a quarter inch head that disappeared just as quickly.
Smell; sour apples, tart cherries, oak and mildly alcoholic. Some spices are present, such as cinnamon and pepper.
Taste; as with the aroma lots of sour apples and tart cherries. The oak barrel flavor is very good, and there’s a definite acidic quality. There’s a touch of vinegar that kind of sits in the background, and this finishes with some mild spices and just a touch nutty. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with very little carbonation. As far as drinkability goes, I don’t think that I’ve ever come cross a beer as drinkable as this one. I love tart flavors, and this style is quickly becoming a favorite of mine, and so far this is the best I’ve yet had.
KapitiCritique (369) - Xincheng, Henan Province, CHINA - SEP 24, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
AROMA: Right off the bat, big sour cherries and black dirt - strong, musty, fruity - very earthy; APPEARANCE: dark red-brown, murky, very little head and lacing; TASTE: Sour; PALATE: creamy, slightly spritzy, longish and a tad astringent, a tad.; OVERALL: I have had better - not really. This really works for me.
BreWedge (366) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle. Poured a brownish/red with a miniscule white head. Aroma is sour fruit and band-aid (borrowed the term from another rating as it made sense). Taste is sour berries and malt vinegar. Nice tangy bite up front followed by a moderately sour/bitter finish. Unlike any sour I’ve tried before.
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 5, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Medium tan head with a dark brownish reddish cola color. Strong fermented apple nose. Tart Iron oaky vinegar sour cherry. Sours as it crosses the palate and expands. Very Balanced well in it’s sourness though. Dry oak on finish with sour trail.
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - APR 29, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2005 bottle. The Godfather was on TV and Italy’s finest was in my glass. And, man, was it ever good. This one has everything you’d want in a sour ale. Beautiful pour, dark mahogany with a nice head that sticks to the glass. Great sour, yet subtly sweet aroma. Surprisingly, it starts with a fleeting caramel sweetness which quickly gives way to great tartness. Many Flemish sours tend to be heavy on the vinegar ... this one is tart and sour, but to say it’s vinegar-like would be an insult. Finishes bitter and sour and the bordeaux barrelling really shows itself. Very good beer.
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 8, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is my second favorite flanders beer......well it is up in the air between this and la folie....this is probally the best traditional example of this style that I have ever had....perfect balance of sweet and sour....great complexitys of the sourness......great great stuff too bad it is 18 bucks
footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 1, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2005 750 ml. Thanks to trade with Clarkvv. Had heard and expected so much and was so disappointed. Had side by side with Rodenbach Grand Cru. Both exact same murky mahogany brown color with moderate beige head. As opposed to RR Supplication or Rodenbach Grand Cru, the aroma was more musty and less sweet tart vinegary but not bad. The taste me was tart with some musty horseblanket and a liitle alcohol which is hidden in the Supplication and the Grand Cru. The problem was it was downright thin with any flavor quickly dissipating into the alcohol taste. It seemed more like a Sour Brown ale like New Glarus Enigma or Liefman’s Goudeband than a Flemish sour Red. That being said both the Enigma and Liefman’s are better. Definitely worth the try but not worth the hype or the money.
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 11, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle labeled 2005. Pours murky faded copper/ rusty red color with a thin light tan bubbly head. Aroma is grapefruit, citrus, sour apple, dark fruit, earthiness, and malt. Flavor is immediately sour fruit, with yeasty, earthy notes, and a slightly bittering finish. Very well balanced.
GuillaumeCL (344) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 6, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
750mL bottle from the LCBO. Pours a deep brown with a bit of white head that dissipates pretty quickly. Smell is quite sour, with some cherry and oak barrel. Body is good, but carbonation is a bit weak. Taste is overbearingly sour a tiny bit of sweetness in the aftertaste, but it’s kind of like drinking sour patch kids.
NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 12, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma was tart with a strong oak presence and a lightly enteric nature. The aroma was certainly lactic but had a bready character which might hint at a Brett culture. The aroma was fruity and complex with a hint of caramel. The beer poured clear dark brown with hardly any head at all, so nothing remained to lace the glass. The flavor was very mild by comparison to the last time I had tasted a bottle. The tartness was restrained and the tannic oak character was restrained as well. The flavor was only lightly acidic and had some estery fruit but while complex, missing some of the expected tartness. The body was medium and since devoid of carbonation this bottle really didn’t affect the palate. Overall a nice subdued Flanders Red, but this bottle had some room to improve by comparison to other bottles I have tried. 750 ml capped bottle, bottled in 2005.